Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Stromnetz Berlin are examining use cases of 5G in the power grid as part of the 5Grid project at Adlershof in Berlin, one of the largest technology parks in Europe. As future networks could become a major force behind the shift in energy policy in Europe, the three companies aim to show how the features of 5G networks can benefit the energy sector.
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Group CTO Deutsche Telekom, says: "We will soon be able to provide highly flexible communication networks that can adapt to various user requirements. In addition to reliability and ideal conditions for both short and guaranteed switch cycles, smart grids require high levels of data security and protection. 5G can meet these typical requirements."
Distribution network operator Stromnetz Berlin is primarily interested in testing the benefits of 5G in industrial applications. The most important of all infrastructures, the power grid, requires reliability, security and fast data and signal transmission.
At the site, a solar energy plant and chiller are integrated into Ericsson's IoT platform. The values of smart grid elements are recorded and processed on site. Each element is also controlled on site so that there is no need to send measured values to central databases for further processing.
So far the test results have shown how 5th generation communication networks can be adapted to the requirements of electricity grids undergoing conversion. Thanks to their high performance capability, flexibility and proposed cost efficiency, 5G networks could become a major force behind the shift in energy policy in Europe.